Transport Group revives William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which examines the power of sex, class, and youth in our society. Featuring Tony winner Michele Pawk, and nominees John Cariani and Emily Skinner. More…
When gorgeous drifter Hal arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises—some true and some false—of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with local 18-year-old Madge unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone we meet in this heartland’s emotionally suffocating landscape. 'Picnic' is performed in rotating repertory with Inge's 'Come Back, Little Sheba.'
See it if Wonderful characters, writing and acting. Has universal themes despite setting in 50's culture. Coming of age / generational struggles.
Don't see it if You don't like slowly developing character plays where people grow and change.
See it if Inge at his best. In a class with Williams and O'Neill. Strong cast. clever sets (not quite elaborate) Nice staff at the Judson Church.
Don't see it if you need a super set or an overblown production.
See it if Despite 50's setting, Cummings' minimalistic staging of Inge's Americana feels wonderfully alive Expert ensemble led by poignant Skinner
Don't see it if It's slow & dated but it's universal themes of love & longing somehow take on mythic proportions here Drifter as catalyst a bit overplayed
See it if Really incredible acting. Very intimate simple production but incredibly absorbing. An American classic.
Don't see it if If you want more elaborate scenery. Very bare-boned but you don't even notice that since the acting is so absorbing. No need for more
Also I had not expected this production to be so compelling but I loved it!
See it if You like old fashioned plays by American playwrights. Bad boys. The feeling of dreary Midwestern life is very evident in this production,
Don't see it if You dislike slow moving plots, sparse sets, and desolation. You are depressed about the way your life ended up.
See it if you love Inge and like new productions, even weak ones
Don't see it if you love Inge and can't stand to see bad productions. Set and lighting were very weak. Didn't do play justice. Young actors were very weak.
See it if You love theatre and want to learn about one of our great playwrights, and if you want your heart tugged in a way not often available.
Don't see it if Minimal staging and almost old-fashioned storytelling is not your thing.
See it if you don't mind spare sets;you'll enjoy a well-acted production of a classic dealing with sexual & class tensions in 1950s small town USA
Don't see it if you prefer modern, edgy dramas or want to see something light; prefer fully-staged productions.
See it if You want to see a play with great acting, in a small theater. Every seat is a good seat.
Don't see it if You don't like Inge's play, or don't want to see a play with a serious subject matter.
See it if you'd like to see a wonderful, intimate production of a Pulitzer Prize winner, pulsating with rippling muscles and sexuality.
Don't see it if you can't arrive early to get a good seat.
See it if you like to see the realities and the ugliness and the destiny unravel of human nature.
Don't see it if you are looking for some fast paced action.
See it if you've never seen an Inge play. Great acting. A time capsule that in many ways provides insight into some people's choices last fall.
Don't see it if you will be annoyed by staging that often puts the character's back to you when they are speaking. The staging is up close and personal.
See it if you've somehow forgotten how lovely a William Inge play can be & you want to see one of his best stripped down to its heartbreaking essence.
Don't see it if you get pissy when presented with strong naturalistic performances of a mid-century classic of Midwestern realism on a nearly naked stage.
See it if you'd like an intimate look at small town life with real people on a Labor Day weekend. A magical production.
Don't see it if you want elaborate sets, a proscenium, or find "Splendor In the Grass" dated. This production rests solely on the script and the actors.
See it if you've never seen Picnic before and want to do so where you can watch the actors up close. Skinner and Patterson give the best performances.
Don't see it if you want to see a perfectly cast production or you're uninterested in dated material that doesn't argue for its relevance. Two intermissions
See it if You want to see great acting and how limited women's roles were not too long ago. You like well written classic theatre.
Don't see it if You want elaborate production values. Get frustrated by the treatment if women as extensions of men.
See it if you like a well made play from the 50's, simply but well-staged, and brilliantly acted.
Don't see it if you don't like two intermissions, or plays of a somewhat dated nature.
See it if Again, if you feel like you really need to see all mid 20th century dramas and deal with the weaknesses of Inge - go.
Don't see it if You are scared of muscles (Thank you David Patterson). You need a little more bite for your buck. It's like Williams without the poetry.
See it if You like older playwrights, intimate productions, solid acting of a classic drama. If you know the play but never saw live production
Don't see it if You don't like small theatres or classic drama about small town USA. And don't be late. Youll have to wait till end of 1st act to be seated